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Slovenian Alps Hiking Destinations: Where to Hike in Slovenia

Hiking in the Slovenian Alps is like walking into a living-breathing fairy tale. Each step pampers you with magical landscapes and storybook scenes that look like a mirage materializing before your very eyes.

It’s a continuous visual feast composed of emerald-colored lakes, roaming ibex, and fields of Edelweiss. 

The Slovenian Alps are made up of three mountain ranges: the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps, and the Karawanks.

This guide will introduce you to the most enchanting hiking destinations in these mountain ranges, with tips on specific hiking trails and places to stay.

Edelweiss, Slovenian Alps, Slovenia
  • Slovenian Alps Hiking Season: June – September (October), depending on snow conditions. 
  • Waymarks in the Slovenian Alps: Slovenia hiking trails are marked with the red Knafeljc waymark, which is a red circle with a white center. Trail markings are generally well-maintained and easy to follow.
  • Trail Conditions: Please check this website for up-to-date information on trail closures.
  • Best Local Hiking Tour Operator for Guided and Self-Guided Hikes: Slotrips

Slovenian Alps Hiking Tours

Mount Triglav Summit Trek, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Slovenian Alps Guided Hiking Tours

If you’re a solo traveler, or a hiker with limited alpine hiking experience, we highly recommend joining a small group guided hiking tour.

Slotrips is a local hiking tour operator that specializes in both guided, and self-guided hiking tours in the Slovenian Alps.

We especially love this hiking company, because it’s founded and led by passionate local experts committed to curating unforgettable journeys for every guest.

Best Walks in Slovenia is an 8-day hiking tour (day hikes only) for travelers who want to hike easy-moderate trails, visit Slovenia’s top attractions, experience local culture, and stay in comfortable hotels (3-star, or 4-star).

Discover the Slovenian Alps is an 8-day hiking tour, which combines a 3-day hut-to-hut hike with moderate day hikes in the Julian Alps. During this guided hiking trip, travelers will visit Triglav Lakes Valley, Lake Bohinj, Lake Bled, Soca Valley, Mangart Saddle, and Vipava Valley wine region.

Best of the Julian Alps Hut-to-Hut is a 3-day guided hut-to-hut tour in the rugged heart of the Julian Alps. Hikers have the option to add-on Mount Triglav summit

Best of Alpe-Adria Trail is a private, guided tour that follows the Slovenian stages of the Alpe-Adria long-distance hiking trail.


Slovenian Alps Self-Guided Hiking Tours

A self-guided hiking tour is a great option for hikers who want the freedom to trek independently, but don’t want to manage the logistics: route planning, booking huts, transfers, and luggage storage. If you book with Slotrips, you also get a personalized smartphone app with uploaded GPS tracks and 24 hour holiday support.

Here are some of their standout self-guided hiking tours:

Crossing the Julian Alps is a high-alpine hiking route across the Julian Alps, form Planica to Lake Bohinj. Hikers get a private transfer from Ljubljana to the starting point of this trek. Your extra luggage will be transferred to your last accommodation in Bled, where you’ll end the tour. Extra Perk: you can add on the Triglav via ferrata summit hike with a IFMGA licensed mountain guide, who will also bring all necessary via ferrata equipment. 

Mountains and Lakes Hut-to-Hut links Pokljuka Plateau with Seven Lakes Valley in the heart of Triglav National Park. You can also add-on the summit climb to Triglav with a IFMGA licensed mountain guide.

Triglav National Park Adventure is a 4-day high-mountain traverse around Lake Bohinj. 

Trekking the Karawanks is a 4-day hut-to-hut hiking tour along the Slovenian-Austrian border in the Karawanken mountain range. This off-the-beaten-path trek is perfect for hikers who love quiet trails. Private transfers to/from trailhead included.

If you’re visiting the Julian Alps in May, or October, consider these multi-activity adventures: Alpe Adria Trail Adventure, Best of Alpe-Adria and Juliana Trail, and Mountains to Sea.


Slovenian Alps Hiking Destinations 


Lake Bohinj and the Southern Julian Alps

Veliko Spicje Hike, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Cradled by the Julian Alps, Lake Bohinj stretches across Bohinj Valley, reaching a length of 4.35 km.

Slovenia’s largest lake, located entirely in Triglav National Park, is an ideal destination for an active summer trip packed with tons of day hiking.

There’s nothing better than gleefully dipping into the crystal-clear waters of Bohinj after a long hike in the Julian Alps.

Though a mere 25-minute drive from Lake Bled, this glacial lake couldn’t be more different. Largely overlooked by most visitors, Lake Bohinj is a peaceful and laid-back place to base yourself for a few days, when hiking in the Slovenian Alps.


Stara Fužina and Ribčev Laz Hikes

On the eastern end of Lake Bohinj, the small settlements of Stara Fužina and Ribčev Laz mark the starting points for hikes to Mostnica Gorge, the Bohinj alpine pastures, and various lookout points.


Planina Blato Hikes

To access more hiking trails on the north side of Lake Bohinj, drive to Planina Blato via a toll road (fees apply). From this high alpine pasture, you can hike to Koča na Planini pri Jezeru, Planina Lazu, and even all the way to the Seven Lakes Valley.

Experienced alpine hikers who love adventurous trails can hike this 2-day Veliko Špičje and Seven Lakes Valley hike.


Vogel Ski Resort Hikes

On the western end of Lake Bohinj, more trails begin from Ukanc village and Vogel Ski Resort.

With a convenient cable car ascent to Vogel Ski Resort, you can embark on hikes to Mount Vogel and Mount Rodica in the Southern Julian Alps.

You can even hike from the Vogel cable car mountain station (Rjava Skala) all the way to Komna plateau and the Savica waterfall.


Ukanc and Koča pri Savici Hikes

From Koča pri Savici mountain hut (located above Ukanc), you can hike to Dom na Komni mountain hut and the Seven Lakes Valley. Check out these trails: Koča pri Savici to Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih and Ukanc to Savica Waterfall Circuit.


Where to Stay around Lake Bohinj

There are three villages around Lake Bohinj: Stara Fužina, Ribčev Laz, and Ukanc. If you want access to restaurants and shops, stay in Stara Fužina and Ribčev Laz. If you want to stay somewhere very idyllic and peaceful, stay in Ukanc.

Top Choice – Luxury | In Stara Fužina, we recommend staying in the boutique Hotel Majerca for great views, al fresco dining, and overall design concept.

Top Choice – Luxury | The newly renovated Hotel Bohinj is located in the heart of Ribčev Laz, a mere 2-minute walk to the lake. Hotel Bohinj is an architectural masterpiece, which celebrates the cultural heritage of Bohinj with its bold design choices and symbolic motifs. Lake Bohinj’s finest hotel features an on-site restaurant, garden, and spa (extra charge). 

Midrange | The recently renovated Residence Novak Bohinj offers stylish one-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens in an idyllic area of Stara Fužina.

Midrange | Set in a quiet location ringed by forest in Ukanc, the top-rated Bohinj Apartments Goldhorn Kingdom (Apartmaji Kraljestvo Zlatoroga) is a 3-star apartment complex (1-2 bedrooms). Each unit has a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher. Extra perk: daily housekeeping.

Midrange | Apartments Ukanc offers clean and functional apartments in Ukanc.

Luxury | Chalet Apartments ALPIK offers cozy 1-3 bedroom apartments with well-appointed kitchens in a fairy-tale-like location in Ukanc.

Luxury | Villa Park B&B – ADULTS ONLY is a bed and breakfast in Ukanc with a large garden situated next to the Savica stream, which flows into Lake Bohinj. 

Look for accommodation around Lake Bohinj.


Kranjska Gora and the Northern Julian Alps

Upper Martuljek Waterfall Pool, Slovenia

Kranjska Gora is the gateway to the Northern Julian Alps, and an ideal base for day hiking. From this alpine resort town, you can reach popular trailheads along Vršič Road, Planica, and Gozd Martuljek.

If you’re looking for a hut-to-hut hike, check out our Triglav National Park Traverse, starting at Vršič Pass and ending in Lake Bohinj. We recommend booking this self-guided Crossing the Julian Alps hiking tour with Slotrips to take advantage of the transfer to the trailhead, extra luggage storage, and 24 hour support. 

Trail Maps: KOMPASS Hiking Map 2801 Julian Alps/Julijske alpe, Kamnik Alps/Kamniske alpe 1:75 000 and Julian Alps: Hiking Map FB WK141 1:50 000 (Freytag + Berndt)


Vršič Road, Vršič Pass Hikes

Slemenova Špica – trail details in our Kranjska Gora in Summer Guide.

Mt. Špik

Mt. Mala Mojstrovka (via ferrata hike)

Prisojnik / Prisank (via ferrata hike)


Planica Hikes

Dom v Tamarju mountain hut – trail details in our Julian Alps Hiking Guide.


Hikes Starting in Gozd Martuljek

Martuljek Waterfalls 

Srednji Vrh – Vošca


Stay in Kranjska Gora

Midrange | Hotel Vandot is a hospitable B&B in the center of Kranjska Gora with clean and cozy rooms and parking (extra charge).

Midrange | Pri Marusi is a top-rated guesthouse set in a quiet location in Kranjska Gora with free parking and breakfast.

Top Choice – Midrange | Hotel Pino Alpino is an impressive 3-star hotel with an on-site à la carte restaurant and bar, located in Kranjska Gora’s pedestrian zone. Breakfast is included. Free private parking is located behind the hotel.

Midrange-Luxury | Hiša Kosobrin offers modern apartments with fully-equipped kitchens. The property is located on the bank of the Sava Dolinka river, just outside of the town center. Guests have access to a sauna and private parking.

Top Choice – Luxury | Boutique Hotel Skipass is a 4-star, family-run boutique hotel with a wine bar serving Slovenian wines and cold cuts. Stay here for the comfortable rooms, fresh à la carte breakfast, and kind and attentive staff. 

Look for accommodation in Kranjska Gora.


Mojstrana and the Northern Julian Alps

Upper Peričnik Waterfall, Zgornji Slap, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

The village of Mojstrana is located 14-km east of Kranjska Gora. From here, three parallel valleys fan out southwards into the Julian Alps: Vrata Valley, Kot Valley, and Krma Valley. The most popular ascent routes to Mount Triglav, Slovenia’s highest mountain, start in Vrata Valley and Krma Valley.


Mojstrana HIkes

If you’re looking for a leisurely stroll, check out the Triglavska Bistrica Trail, which follows the Triglavska Bistrica stream from Mojstrana to the head of Vrata Valley.

Another trail to consider is the one to the panoramic hill Vrtaško Sleme, which rises above Mojstrana.


Vrata Valley Hikes

Triglavska Bistrica Trail and Peričnik waterfall

Aljažev dom v Vratih – Škrlatica – very demanding and long trail (experts only)

Aljažev dom v Vratih – Križ and Stenar – very demanding and long trail

Triglav ascent route: Čez Prag Route – demanding ascent route


Krma Valley Hikes

The longest, but considerably easier ascent route to Mount Triglav is from Krma Valley. The hike takes 2 days and requires a via ferrata kit for the final stretch to the summit.

Note: you can also approach Mount Triglav from the South from Pokljuka, which is what we did.

Read about this 2-day Mount Triglav hike here.


Stay in Mojstrana

Stay at Hostel Lukna (budget), Guesthouse Veranda (midrange), or Mountain View Glamping (luxury).

Look for accommodation in Mojstrana.


Pokljuka Plateau

Lipance ridge above Krma Valley, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Pokljuka is a high alpine plateau, situated between Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj in Triglav National Park.

This hidden oasis of alpine pastures and forest is another entry point into the Julian Alps. The most popular trailhead on the plateau is Rudno Polje, where Hotel Center Pokljuka is located.

It’s also possible to ascend to Mount Triglav from Pokljuka.

Learn More: Hidden Wonders of Pokljuka Plateau


Rudno Polje Hikes

Planina Zajamniki (better with a bike)

Viševnik – Short Day Hike. Popular Summit in the Julian Alps.

Mount Triglav – This southern approach to Triglav is the easiest ascent route.

All trails starting at Rudno Polje.


Medvedova konta Car Park Hikes

Debela peč and Brda


Stay in Pokljuka

There are only a few hotels on Pokljuka, including Hotel Pokljuka and Hotel Center Pokljuka.

There are also several chalets and cabins, including Vila Triglav on Pokljuka and Zalin planinski raj.

Look for accommodation in Pokljuka.


Stay in Bled

Bled is an alternative base for exploring Pokljuka Plateau. From Lake Bled, it’s a mere 20-30 minute drive up to the various Pokljuka trailheads. If you stay in Bled, don’t miss the Vintgar Gorge trail and the Mala Osojnica and Ojstrica viewpoint hike.

Budget | Guesthouse Marko is a top-rated guesthouse in Bled, walking distance to the lakeshore.

Midrange | Old Parish House is a cozy and clean bed and breakfast, 100 meters away from Lake Bled.

Midrange | Hotel Starkl – Heritage & Unique is a darling lakefront hotel with an on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included. This family-run property stands out with its friendly service, exceptional cuisine, and location.

Luxury | Adora Luxury Hotel is a lakefront boutique hotel with 7 luxurious suites. Stay here for the lake views and dreamy location. Breakfast is available for an extra charge.

Luxury | Vila Bled is a historic lakefront hotel with 33 rooms. Set in a quiet area of Lake Bled, guests can enjoy the historical flair of President Tito’s former summer residence. Breakfast is included.

Luxury | Bled Rose Hotel is a modern, 4-star hotel in the center of Bled. The hotel features an on-site bar, an indoor swimming pool and spa, a fitness room, and private beach area. Breakfast is included in the room rate.

Look for accommodation in Lake Bled.


Solčavsko Region and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

Ledinski Vrh, Logar Valley, Slovenia

Solčavsko Region is one of the most pristine alpine regions in Slovenia. Nestled against the Austrian Border, Solčavsko encompasses Logar Valley, Robanov Kot (valley), Matkov Kot (valley), and Podolševa.

From these valleys, you can hike into the heart of the Kamnik Savinja Alps. Here are some of our favorite day hikes:

Learn More: Best Things to Do in Logar Valley


Where to Stay in Solčavsko Region

Budget | Guesthouse Planinski Dom Majerhold is a guesthouse with a gardena and on-site restaurant. Breakfast is available (extra charge).

Budget | Prenočišča Valentina is a great value guesthouse in Solčava with simple, but spotless and spacious rooms. Breakfast is available (extra charge).

Budget | Turistična kmetija Čerček is a farm stay happily situated on the bank of the Savinja River in Solčava. 2 nights minimum stay. Breakfast is available (extra charge).

Budget-Midrange | Farm Stay “Alpine Dreams” is a farm stay situated on the Solčava panoramic road, overlooking Logar Valley and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Some rooms have shared bathrooms. 2 nights minimum stay. Breakfast is available (extra charge).

Midrange | Natur Bajta offers two one-bedroom apartments in Solčava, housed in a renovated barn. Natural wood and black fixtures dominate, lending the place a rustic yet stylish look. 2 nights minimum stay.

Luxury | Hotel Pesnik is the one and only hotel in Logar Valley. It boasts an on-site restaurant, a wellness area, and outdoor natural pool. Breakfast is included in the rate. Stay here for the views and the comfort.

Look for accommodation in Solčavsko.


Kamniška Bistrica and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

Kamniška Bistrica is a tiny dispersed settlement in Kamniška Bistrica Valley.

This is one of the easiest gateways to the Kamnik Alps. From Dom v Kamniški Bistrici, you can hike to Kamniška koča na Kamniškem sedlu, or Cojzova koča na Kokrskem sedlu. Both mountain huts are excellent starting points for summiting surrounding peaks.

We started this Kamnik-Savinja Alps hut to hut hike in Kamniška Bistrica.

Trail Map: We recommend the Kartografija or Grintovci 1:25 000 maps for all hikes in the Kamnik Savinja Alps.


Stay in Kamniška Bistrica or Kamnik

We stayed at Dom v Kamniški Bistrici in Kamniška Bistrica (budget) before trekking across the Kamnik Alps. Here’s another option: Skalca (midrange). Both places are located right at the Kamniška Bistrica trailhead.

Lepa Lopa is another great option if you love glamping. It’s only a 30 minutes walk to the end of the road (Dom v Kamniški Bistrici).

Look for accommodation in Kamniška Bistrica.

For a more comfortable experience, stay at Hotel MD Kamnik (luxury) located in Kamnik city center.

Look for accommodation in Kamnik.


Jezersko and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

Tourist Farm Senkova Domacija, Jezersko, Slovenia

Zgornje Jezersko is a small Slovenian village, located very close to the Austrian border. It’s another gateway to the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Rivaling the beauty of Logar Valley, Jezersko’s Ravenska kočna valley is a splendid place to walk and simply enjoy alpine views.

From the tiny Planšarsko jezero lake in Jezersko, continue driving 3 km up Ravenska kočna to the parking lot at the end of the road. From here, you can hike to Češka Koča mountain hut (1:30 hrs one-way) and Goli Vrh peak (2 hrs one-way).


Stay in Jezersko

Budget | Cvet gora – Camping, Glamping and Accommodations offers traditional rooms in their guesthouse as well as glamping cabins with shared bathroom facilities.

Midrange | We recommend staying in the 15th-century Šenkova domačija Farm. This magical place is brimming with free-roaming chickens and ducks and wide enclosures of cows and sheep. This is one of the most magical places in Slovenia.

5-star Luxury | Boutique hotel Vila Planinka is a chic alpine hotel with sumptuous rooms, an award-winning restaurant, cozy communal areas, and a sauna. Breakfast is included in the rate. Dinner is a 4-7 course dining experience (vegan tasting menus available), highlighting local recipes lovingly prepared with ingredients of Slovenian origin. Ask the resident sommelier for Slovenian wine recommendations.

Look for accommodation in Zgornje Jezersko.


Karawanks

Edelweiss, Slovenian Alps, Slovenia

Like the Julian Alps and Kamnik-Savinja Alps, the Karawanks (Karavanke) are a mountain range in the Southern Limestone Alps. Running along the Austrian-Slovenian border, this 120 km-long range is yet another hiking destination in the Slovenian Alps.

Multi-day hikers will love this 4-Day Trekking the Karawanks traverse.

  • Stol – the highest mountain in the Karawanks mountain chain
  • Vrtača – the second highest peak in the Karawanks mountain chain
  • Kofce Mountain Hut – family-friendly destination just below the Košuta ridge
  • Veliki vrh and Kladivo – popular summits along the Košuta ridge
  • Košutnikov Turn – highest summit along the Košuta ridge

Stay in Tržič

The town of Tržič is the gateway to Košuta, the longest mountain in Slovenia.

Glamping | Glamping Mountain Fairy Tale are air-conditioned glamping cabins in Bistrica pri Tržiču. Each unit features kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Hot tubs are available at an extra charge with prior notice. Breakfast is included. And, you can rent bikes on-site.

Look for accommodation in Tržič.



Slovenia Trip Planning Essentials

Use our Slovenia Travel Guide to plan an unforgettable trip.


When to Visit Slovenia

Summer and Fall Seasons. The best time to travel to Slovenia is between late May and October.

The best time to hike in the Slovenian Alps is between June and October. For hut-to-hut hiking, we recommend planning your trek between early July and mid-September.

Winter Season. For skiing and winter activities, the best time to visit Slovenia is between mid/late December and March.


Where to Stay

We’ve summarized our favorite destinations and accommodations in Best Paces to Stay in Slovenia, including Lake Bled, Lake Bohinj, Logar Valley, Kranjka Gora, and Kobarid.


How to Explore Slovenia

Small Group Guided Hiking Tours

If you’re a solo traveler, or friend group who would love to explore Slovenia’s hiking trails with a knowledgeable and licensed mountain guide, consider booking one of these small group hiking tours.

All of these tours are designed by Slotrips, a trustworthy local tour operator that crafts meaningful and memorable itineraries. 

Best Walks in Slovenia is an 8-day hiking tour (day hikes only) with fixed and guaranteed departure dates between late May and late September. 

Discover the Slovenian Alps  is an 8-day hiking tour, which combines a 3-day hut-to-hut hike in Triglav National Park with moderate day hikes. 

Best of the Julian Alps Hut-to-Hut is a 3-day hut-to-hut hike in the heart of the Julian Alps. This guided tour departs every Monday from July to September. Hikers have the option to add on Mount Triglav summit with an IFMGA licensed mountain guide.

Self-Guided Hiking, Biking, and Rafting Tours

If you love hiking independently, but want a professional to handle the logistics of bookings, transfers, and luggage storage (when applicable), then we recommend booking a self-guided trip like Mountains and Lakes Hut-to-Hut, or Crossing the Julian Alps.

During shoulder-season (May and October), you can hike, bike, and raft along the 4-day Alpe Adria Trail Adventure, 9-day Mountains to Sea route, or 8-day Best of Alpe-Adria and Juliana Trail.

Road Trip

Though public transit is very good in Slovenia, some destinations like Logar Valley are not accessible with transit. 

If you want to explore more off-the-beaten-path and remote areas of Slovenia, we recommend renting a car. 

Check out our itineraries for road trip inspiration:

Use the intuitive Discovercars.com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your car rental as early as possible.

Check car rental rates here


Top Things to Do


Slovenia Guidebooks


Slovenia Hiking Guides

Slovenia is heaven on earth for hikers. We recommend allocating sufficient time to discover both the Julian Alps and the Kamnik Savinja Alps.

In Best Hikes in Slovenia, we’ve summarized the most thrilling day hikes and multi-day hikes across the Slovenian Alps, ranked by difficulty.

If you’re interested in hut-to-hut hiking, read our guide to Slovenian Mountain Huts and Hut-to-Hut Hiking in Slovenia.


Hiking in the Slovenian Alps: Destinations and Trails in the Slovenian Mountains

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